Originally Posted by kennyt
I suspect Andrew is right. This brings me back to the main problem in automation/integration today.
Everyone is trying to make a system to control lighting, distribute music, etc, but NONE of them use the same techniques or methods and are all incompatible with each other.
The best analogy I've heard was to compare this to shipping. Every shipping container is the same size, they fit obn cargo ships, trains and semi's allowing them to freely go by any route to get to there destination.
We have countless music servers, lighting systems etc and ALL of them use proprietary systems to function. Imagine how easy all these things would be if they all had a defined, standard connections. Something like how Firewire is defined. Any computer to use Firewire works with it. Imagine if all the multitude of current high end home systems could do that??
I think some like Control4 don't use proprietary at all. They use Zigbee a very old but efficient technology that anyone can learn to program (that knows how) or buy other zigbee products and integrate it into their system.
I know one Control4 Dealer that specifically uses HTPCs to control the house and Control4 switches, etc. are just put throughout the house.